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Review:  Mozzy’s Big Homie from the Hood

Rapper Mozzy pays homage to his old neighborhood in the new single, “Big Homie from the Hood.” Although Mozzy’s upbringing was a difficult one to say the least, his old neighborhood served as the backdrop and provided the foundation for what ultimately led to his present success.
 
Mozzy was born Timothy Patterson on June 24, 1987 and was raised in the Oak Park area of Sacramento, California.  He began rapping at age 16 under the stage name, “Lil’ Tim.”  Several collaborations with other rap artists gave him some notoriety, but it was his solo tracks such as, “Bladahah” that give him his greatest success.  In 2011, he released, “Money Means Mozzy.”  In 2016, he made the geographic move to Los Angeles and tirelessly released 10 more albums including “Gang Related Siblings” featuring fellow producer June, also a native of Oak Park.  He is currently signed with Real Talk Entertainment, Empire Distribution, Blackmarket Records and Livewire Entertainment.
 
“Big Homie in the Hood” is a return to his roots.  Even when the most difficult of circumstances color the background of some of the most successful musicians and rap artists, invariably there seems to be this need to return to the original environment.  Mozzy’s mother was addicted to crack cocaine and his father was incarcerated when he was a youngster.  He was raised instead by his paternal grandmother, Brenda Patterson-Usher who was a member of the Black Panther Party and owned several properties in the Oak Park area.
 
In Mozzy’s latest single, “Big Homie from the Hood,” he takes us on an excursion through the life of his original environment in the Oak Park, Sacramento area.  Set to a slow, melodic beat and incorporating R&B singer Mario’s single, “Let Me Love You” into the anthem, Mozzy gives us the details of his rags to riches story which runs the gamut from gangbanging in the streets to becoming a symbol of success to his peers.
 
The video to “Big Homie from the Hood” is reminiscent of a family reunion.  We see Mozzy eating with other people from the community.  People are dancing, peacefully interacting with one another, a group of young boys are playing basketball, there is a softball game going on, and a man preparing barbecue ribs on the grill is so realistic, it is almost possible to smell the aroma of the barbecue.
 
By listening to Just one of the verses in the rap, one gets the essence of this track:
 
Remember it wasn’t no hope in the hood
If yeen sellin dope, then you was broke in the hood
Name ringing bells, well known in the hood
Ask the cashier at the stores in the hood
We had it rollin in the hood, Big Homie in the hood
Ranking up there, let me show you round the hood
Never out there, I live only in the hood
Throw the 40 and I’m good, I’m Big Homie from the hood.
 
Probably one of the most natural things to do in the world is for a successful artist to return to his or her roots, particularly if those roots created a difficult, almost impossible situation to overcome.
 

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